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UVA taps Liz Cheney as professor of politics, calls her ‘strong conservative’

Former Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney has accepted an appointment to serve as a professor at the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia.

“The inaugural appointment is effective immediately and will run through the conclusion of the 2023 fall semester with an option to renew for one or more additional years,” the UVA Center for Politics announced in a news release Wednesday.

Cheney’s job will include participating in university-wide lectures, serving as a guest lecturer in student seminars, contributing to the Center for Politics research, and participating in other events, the announcement stated.

Whitt Clement, rector of the University of Virginia Board of Visitors, stated in the release that UVA is “committed to offering our students an array of diverse viewpoints, and Liz Cheney — a strong conservative who never hesitates to put honesty ahead of all other considerations — is a model of leadership not just for the students at the University of Virginia but for all people concerned for the wellbeing of this country.”

Cheney was the U.S. representative for Wyoming’s at-large congressional district from 2017 to 2023 and chaired the House Republican Conference from 2019 to 2021.

She lost her congressional seat last year in the GOP primary to Donald Trump-backed candidate Harriet Hageman, after she voted to impeach President Trump in the aftermath of the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot, USA Today reported.

Cheney will serve at UVA as a Professor of Practice, which refers to a “fixed-term multi-year position with the possibility of renewal,” according to jobs.virginia.gov.

“There are many threats facing our system of government and I hope my work with the Center for Politics and the broader community at the University of Virginia will contribute to finding lasting solutions that not only preserve but strengthen our democracy,” Cheney said in the release.

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